Extreme drought conditions expanding across Northeast US

BOSTON (AP) — The drought affecting the Northeast United States is getting worse in some areas.

The U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest map for the region shows that the area in extremedrought has expanded across most of northeastern Massachusetts and into southern New Hampshire. Two areas of New York, from the Buffalo area east to the Finger Lakes, and a portion of the state’s Southern Tier, are also in extreme drought.

Specifically, most of Erie and Genesee counties are in an extreme drought.

MORE | See the U.S. Drought Monitor for New York here.

Extreme is the fourth worst of five drought categories.

The region consists of New England, the Middle Atlantic states, West Virginia, Delaware and Maryland, although the latter three are barely affected.

About 57 percent of the region is in drought, down from nearly 60 percent last week.

The monitor is a collaboration of federal agencies and the University of Nebraska’s National Drought Mitigation Center.

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